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  • GM Passed on Ignition-Switch Fix in 2001, Advocates Say

    General Motors Co. chose not to use a more robust ignition-switch part in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars while they were being designed, a decision that may have led to deaths, safety advocates said.

  • Regulator Didn’t Act on Evidence of Defective GM Air Bags

    Documents released in an investigation into an ignition switch flaw on some General Motors Co. cars have shed new light on the government’s decision not to act even as evidence of the fault now linked to 13 deaths was building.

  • Regulator Didn’t Act on Evidence of Defective GM Air Bags

    U.S. regulators looking into General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Cobalt noticed a surprising statistic: warranty claims over the car’s air bags were four times higher than for competing vehicles.

  • NHTSA Asked to Investigate More GM Air-Bag Failures

    General Motors Co., in the midst of recalling 2.6 million small cars for an ignition-switch flaw that can deactivate air bags, also may have an air-bag defect connected to deadly accidents in its Chevrolet Impala, a safety group said.

  • GM CEO Faces Recall Questions Carrying Corvair-Era Legacy

    When General Motors Co.’s Mary Barra begins Congressional hearings tomorrow as an emissary of what she’s portrayed as a more responsive GM, she will face down decades of skepticism -- plus fresh indications that the automaker decided it would be too expensive to fix the flawed ignition switches behind several deadly crashes.

  • GM’s Barra Bringing Legacy of Safety Fights to Congress

    General Motors Co.’s Mary Barra will bring corporate baggage to Washington when she testifies before Congress this week: GM’s history of contentious battles over vehicle safety stretching back 50 years to the Corvair.

  • GM Had 2006 Ignition-Switch Remedy Unknown to Most Owners

    General Motors Co. took advantage of a regulatory gray area to address an engine defect almost a decade ago, leaving most car owners unaware that their vehicles may have been unsafe.

  • NHTSA Claim on GM Evidence Challenged by Group's Analysis

    An automobile-safety watchdog is questioning U.S. regulators’ explanation that they didn’t have enough information to justify investigating reports of defective ignition switches that could affect air bags in some General Motors Co. cars.

  • GM Seen Needing $3 Billion Fund to Address Defect Deaths

    General Motors Co. will probably create a fund of as much as $3 billion to pay claims associated with an ignition-switch flaw the automaker said is linked to the deaths of 12 people, a Barclays analyst wrote this week.

  • Auto Regulator Has 51 People Tracing 250 Million Cars

    The U.S. office responsible for monitoring safety defects in cars has had its budget stagnate and its staff cut by one-fifth from highs more than a decade ago, when Congress tried to strengthen it.

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